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PacifiCorp Issues RFP for Over 4,300 MW of Generation Resources

LCG, July 9, 2020--PacifiCorp Monday issued the largest request for proposals (RFPs) for energy projects in company history, seeking more than 4,300 MW in solar, wind and battery storage resources that can connect to its 10-state transmission system and achieve commercial operation by December 31, 2024.

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Analysis of Resource Adequacy in ERCOT - July - December 2020

LCG, June 30, 2020 - LCG Consulting just released its analysis of ERCOT for the second half of 2020, July through December.

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Dynegy Covers Backside in Enron Deal

LCG, Nov. 13, 2001--Shares in Dynegy Inc. continued their strength this morning as the company revealed the extent of the financial protection it has secured as part of a $10 billion rescue bid for Enron Corp., the Financial Times reported.

Chuck Watson, chairman of Dynegy, said: "We are absolutely adequately protected, but I am confident we will not need it." The ultimate protection is, the company has the right to abandon the deal if Enron's earnings are revised down by more than 10 to 15 percent.

Under a number of material adverse change clauses, Dynegy has also negotiated a range of other conditions relating to balance sheet impairment, off-balance-sheet exposure, credit rating downgrades and the outcome of a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation, the paper said.

Dynegy could walk away if Enron's legal liabilities topped $3.5 billion, and the smaller company has also taken into consideration that "off-balance-sheet liabilities" bring total debt to $20 billion, including $15 billion of on-balance-sheet debt and preferred stock.

Dynegy has also estimated that the international assets need to be written down by $5 billion and the broadband assets by $500 million to $600 million, according to people close to the negotiations. In addition, accounting for the takeover as a purchase makes it far easier for Dynegy to do the write-downs.

According to the Financial Times, the most important part of the cushion is price. "The biggest protection is, we bought Enron for $10 billion -- or $8 billion or $9 billion. Who's counting?" Watson said. "That is a major protection."

The paper said that more than half of Enron's 20,000 staff could be cut as the once-mighty company completes key asset sales of the businesses -- outside core energy trading and marketing -- that have used up cash in return for low-quality earnings.

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